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Michael Wilson papers, 1942-1977
PASC 52  
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Description
Collection consists of materials related to the career of screenwriter Michael Wilson. Includes correspondence, screenplays, treatments, research materials, clippings, legal papers, outlines, and notes. General files contain correspondence and personal/career related documents and documents relating toblacklist. Also includes materials for films such as "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962), "A Place In The Sun" (1951), "Che!" (1969), "Planet Of The Apes" (1968), and "Salt Of The Earth" (1953). Finding aid includes name index.
Background
Wilson was born in McAlester, OK, July 1, 1914; received a BA from UC Berkeley, 1936, and taught English and wrote short stories before going to Hollywood in 1940; early work consisted of William Boyd westerns; joined the Marines in WWII; became a contract writer with Liberty Film, 1945, working on such pictures as It's a wonderful life; named an unfriendly witness by the House Un-American Activities Committee and blacklisted; worked on Herbert Biberman's independent production, "Salt Of The Earth" (1954), then moved to France and worked without receiving screen credit on various films including "The Friendly Persuasion" (1956), "The Bridge On The River Kwai" (1957), and "Lawrence Of Arabia" (1962); returned to the US, 1964, where he continued to write, including "The Sandpiper" (1965), "Planet Of The Apes" (1968), and Che! (1969); recipient of numerous awards including an Academy Award for "A Place In The Sun" (1951), and the Writers Guild of America's Laurel Award (1975); died Apr. 9, 1978.
Extent
26.5 linear ft. (53 boxes)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.